Elaine Nash . . . told Horsetalk it would be especially sad to remove these particular animals because they had adapted uniquely to their environment.
She said they had become almost a type of “water horse”, like the rare Chincoteague and Assateague ponies on the islands of the US east coast, eating and thriving on river grass and other forage not usually eaten by horses.
“There are great videos and exquisite photos that demonstrate these ‘river horses’ eating river grass, and living in the river itself like no other horses in this country.
“These horses demonstrate their adaptability to their environment in fascinating ways.”
She said she could not imagine these horse having to live out their lives without their river.